There is no sound in space. But thanks to one special instrument, we can hear sound made from space, in a sense. Meet the “Celestaphone”, an instrument made from meteorites.
Sound, although it’s invisible, requires a medium in order to propagate. Without piggybacking on air molecules in order to deliver all those waves of varying frequency and amplitude, sound itself does not exist. Hence no sound in space.
That didn’t stop Clair Omar Musser from making sound from space. He began collecting fallen meteorites in the 1930’s, eventually collecting over 1,388 pounds of space rock. Some of these contained metal, and some more dense and smooth rock. 678 pounds of that collection went into the frame and bars of the Celestaphone, the world’s first and only instrument made completely of meteorites.
Thanks to the guys at Everything Sounds, you can hear the Celestaphone in action in this recent episode (it currently lives at the Rhythm! Discovery Center in Indianapolis). You don’t want to miss it. Behold the sound of the stars!